This Norman Park property was the very definition of a renovator’s delight


first_img20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.After a couple of massive years of renovations and an almost total rebuild, it’s hard to understand why anyone would part with this Norman Park riverfront home.But for Sharon and John Russell, it’s the opportunity to seize the day and travel that is dragging them away.The couple bought the home at 20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park more than four years ago.“Because we had a marine business it was perfect for us,’’ Mrs Russell said. “We just took one look at it originally and knew we could do a lot with it. We thought there were good bones.“It took us two years to work out exactly what we were going to do, so we finished our renovation a year ago.”Sharon and John Russell are selling their Norman Park home. Picture: Mark CallejaThe massive project took longer than expected when three extra slabs were found after digging through the top slab, and because the area was tight it had to be dug out with buckets and spades.“It was basically a total rebuild so that all that was left were some of the external walls, the roof was still there but otherwise we did everything,” she said.There were three bedrooms when the family bought the home, but now there are four, each with its own ensuite.An old bomb shelter was cleaned up and, after two weeks of peeling layers of paint off the bricks, it was converted into a 200-bottle cellar with a bar.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home4 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor4 hours ago20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The house is beautiful. We built it to stay there and never move,’’ Mrs Russell said. But a medical incident with a family member about a year ago made the couple rethink their plans.“It just made us think you never know,” she explained. “You really should do everything you want to do when you can.”“So we have decided we just want to travel.”Mrs Russell said their dream had been to live on the river, and she would miss it.“It is like a moving picture 24 hours a day,” she said. “We are perched on top of the river — a lot of our friends have got homes on the river, but we are over the top of the river.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.“The kitchen is the kitchen I always dreamt of. It is beautiful, and has a 180-degree view of the river, and then we have got a boat house, which you can’t get any more. It was built, we think in the ’50s, so you can’t ever build again, and we made it somewhere really special.“We will often go and sit down there. It is on the jetty perched over the river.”The area has been the setting for many parties and family functions.20 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park.Inside, the living area has imported French oak flooring and high ceilings.The main bedroom has a large dressing room, an ensuite with a freestanding bathtub and access to the north-facing terrace.The home is listed through Debora Evans of Deborah Evans Properties Morningside.last_img read more

ACL: Kotoko boycott media but begin conciliatory measures as Ainooson weeps


first_imgThe first sign of trouble came right after the game when Kotoko failed to attend the mandatory post-match presser following their defeat.For the second time in as many meetings with Algerian opposition, Kotoko were beaten on aggregate – this time by El Eulma. The North Africans won 2-1 in Kumasi on Sunday.”Coach Duncan was advised by the security apparatus at the stadium not to appear for the post-match press conference,” explained Kwaku Ahenkorah, Communications Manager for the club explained on one social media platform Sunday night.The security fears became more apparent when armored vehicles escorted players out of the stadium, bearing in mind the wrath of fans after such disappointments.The spokesman however allayed fears that the club will be punished for tis decision. “In Caf champions league, organising post-match press conferences are not forced on home clubs and the match commissioner did not mince words about it during the technical meeting. But I had plans to organize one after the match irrespective of the scoreline; only to be told after the match that the safety of our players and technical team was at risk.” Speechless AbeikuKotoko defender Abeiku Ainooson, meanwhile, is struggling for words to describe the pain of crashing out of the African Champions League.”I do not understand what happened yesterday and I have not even tried to think through it,” Ainooson said.With this being the third straight time the Reds have failed to make the group stages of the Caf Champions league, the approach of the entire team will be subjected to serious scrutiny. “I do not know what hit us at the moment,” the defender told Ghanasoccernet.The reactions continue, with the club offering a swift apology for the shambles on Monday.”It is unacceptable and painful that, when the supporters showed so much interest, the team could not reciprocate that with victory and qualification to the next stage of the competition,” a statement from the club says.It goes on: “We deem it appropriate to console our disappointed supporters and Ghanaians. We let them down. Management will not make any excuses. We accept the painful defeat while looking for avenues to correct the wrongs in the team with the hope of writing a different script next time.”Expected statements from recently-appointed boss David Duncan are eagerly awaited, as well as from the victorious Eulma side. Line-ups:Kotoko: Ofori Antwi – Christopher Bonney, Amos Frimpong, Abeiku Ainooson, Eric Donkor – Owusu Jackson, Michael Akuffo/68’ Kojo Poku, Richard Mpong/54’ Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi, Emmanuel Asante/46’ Dauda Mohammed – Obed Owusu, Ahmed ToureEulma: Mohamed Ousserir – Khaled Bouzama/11’ Mokhtar Belkhiter, Adel Naomane, Ismael Beneltayeb, Abelmalek Abbes/77’ Nacer Hammami, Walid Derrardja, Abednego Azougha Tembeng, Adel Maiza, Ibrahim Chenihi/84’ Ahmed Kara, Mohammed Belhadi, Fares Hemitti–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Šetkić is in 2nd round of ITF Tournament in Canada


first_imgBiH tennis player Aldin Šetkić has qualified to 2nd round of tennis ITF Futures Tournament which was held in Canada.The worth of the tournament is 15 000 USD, and Šetkić defeated Canadian tennis player Martin Berano with 6:3, 6:1.Next opponent of Šetkić who is 258th player on the ATP List will be Germain Gigounon from Belgium who is 419th player on the ATP List.last_img